Our next Virtual Open Mic January 14

We still have some reading slots available for our next Virtual Open Mic, now taking place Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 pm CT.

Please sign-up here to perform. We’d especially love to hear from members who haven’t yet read for the series!

In case you missed our previous open mic events, or you just want to relive the magic, here they are:
Featuring: Anne Babson, Gina Ferrara, Nicole M. K. Eiden, Carolyn Hembree, and Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
Featuring: Pamela Ebel, Katheryn Krotzer Laborde, Andrea Panzeca, and Laura Mullen
Please note:
1. Although non-members may attend, you must be a WNBA–NOLA member to perform.
2. Space is limited. Readers will participate in the order in which they sign-up. If we are unable to offer you a spot this time, you will be automatically registered for the next reading.
3. If you read at the previous open mic, please wait until next time before signing up again. (This is subject to change. If we don’t get enough participants, we’ll open it to all members.)
Hope to see you there!

WNBA-NOLA Appoints New Board VP & Secretary

Pamela Ebel is WNBA-NOLA’s new Vice President.  She was born in Northern California and raised by southern women; part of the diaspora created by the Great Depression. She returned to her roots at 21, receiving an M.A. from LSU-Baton Rouge and a JD from Loyola New Orleans. Her careers have included lawyer, university professor, law school associate dean, owner and producer of CLE programs and now, fiction writer.  Her poetry has appeared in the Delta Poetry Review. A series of short stories appear in various publications. Three of her stories were published in the 2020 BOULD AWARDS anthology which launched on Amazon in November, with one of the stories taking Second Place. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime NOLA and current Director of Programming, member of SINC National and a member of the WNBA and has served for several years as a board member of WNBA NOLA. She travels between New Orleans, California, Alabama and the Mississippi Delta sharing tales from the crossroads of America. And, like the ancient Greeks and the Irish, as a southern writer she knows you can’t out run your blood.

Winifred “Wendy” Delery Hills is the newly selected Secretary. Wendy has been a voluminous reader since childhood.  For the past seven years she has led a book group in New Orleans of women who for various reasons prefer to hear about books instead of reading them, so Wendy has read the books and secured authors and reviewers to present to the group. Susan Larson has come to the group for years and has helped with suggestions for speakers which is how Wendy heard about WNBA.

Besides reading, her hobbies include needlepoint and genealogy.  She plans to compile books for the various lines of her and her husband’s families including more than just the family trees and DNA relatives.  She is also working on transcribing letters in her husband’s family dating from 1795 through the mid-1800s and annotate them with information about those people and events mentioned therein.

A native of New Orleans, Wendy graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart, received a B. A. from Newcomb College and a J. D. from Tulane Law School, and practiced law in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina forced her family to move to Fayetteville, Arkansas for 6 years.  Now, she and her husband John Fleury Hills reside in Mandeville.  Their son Robert lives in Nashville where he is pursuing an MBA at Vanderbilt.

Wendy has served as President of the Academy of the Sacred Heart Alumnae, Newcomb College Alumnae Association, Treasurer of the Stuart Hall Mother’s Club, a member of the PTSO board at Fayetteville High School, President of Louisiana Guardianship Services, Inc, and is an Extraordinary Minister of Communion at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Mandeville.  She has also served as Treasurer of the national and international alumnae of Sacred Heart schools.



Announcing Social Media Chair: Nordette Adams

We are beyond pleased to welcome Nordette Adams on board as our Social Media Chair! A mere few weeks with Nordette at the helm, and our Twitter and Facebook pages already have increased engagement. Join us in welcoming Nordette, and if you’re on social media, say hello!

Nordette N. Adams grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond,” Quaint, About Place Journal, Scalawag Magazine, the collection Nasty Women Poets: An Anthology of Subversive Verse, and elsewhere. Her essays have been included or referenced in multiple books and journals such as the Social Issues in Literature series by Greenhaven Press, Sapphire’s Literary Breakthrough: Erotic Literacies, Feminist Pedagogies, and TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, as well as on news websites such as Blogher, HuffPost, Slate, Vox, USA Today, and the Washington Post. Currently the poetry editor of the Peauxdunque Review, she received her MA in English and her MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans in 2016. Her day job: Technology Trainer at Jefferson Parish Library.

Virtual Reading Series

The New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is back with our virtual reading series!

Our next reading will take place THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, at 6 PM CT. This is our Back to School edition, and as such, the theme is open. We would love to hear a variety of genres and subjects.

We invite WNBA–NOLA members to read for 5 minutes. You may share your own writing, or the work of a favorite writer.

Please note:

1. Although non-members may attend, you must be a member to perform.

2. Space is limited. Readers will participate in the order in which they sign-up. If we are unable to offer you a spot this time, you will be automatically registered for the next reading, which we expect to be in November.

3. If you read at the previous open mic, please wait until next time before signing up again. (This is subject to change. If we don’t get enough participants, we’ll open it to all members.)

If you’d like to read, let us know and we’ll send you the link to sign up. Zoom meeting ID and password will be announced the week of the reading.

Thank You Teresa!!!

This week WNBA-NOLA board members officially thanked Teresa Tumminello Brader for her long service as Secretary.  She received a gift certificate to Octavia Books, a bottle of wine and a special thank you sign designed by Board President Andrea Panzeca!  Teresa got a surprise socially distant visit at her home from Andrea and board members Sara Woodard, Karen Kersting and Constance Adler.

WNBA-NOLA President Andrea Panzeca Named Co-Vice President of Women’s National Book Association

Andrea Panzeca

The Women’s National Book Association has named its 2020-2022 officers. Andrea Panzeca, WNBA-NOLA’s current president, was named Co-Vice President.

Andrea, a teaching artist, earned her MFA at UNO, where she was the associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine.  Panzeca has published memoir, scholarship on Zora Neale Hurston, and two poetry chapbooks: “Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets, and “Weird… Joe Pesci.”  You can read more about her on her website.

Check out this virtual reading/social gathering April 30!

The New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is launching a virtual reading/social gathering series.
Our first reading will take place THURSDAY, APRIL 30, at 6 PM CT. What better way to conclude National Poetry Month than with a poetry reading?
Six of our members will be reading. Participants will be able to ask questions through chat.

Our lineup of stellar readers:

Anne Babson
Gina Ferrara
Nicole M. K. Eiden
Carolyn Hembree
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
Pamela Ebel

More info on our readers is posted here: https://www.facebook.com/events/244534203271146/
If you want to attend, please RSVP to wnbaofnola@gmail.com, and the Zoom meeting info/password will be sent to you before Thursday afternoon.


We Want You (to Join the Board)!

The WNBA–New Orleans Chapter seeks member volunteers for three positions: Vice President, Secretary, and Social Media Chair. Interested?  Check out the position descriptions below, and let us know where you see yourself! 

Job Descriptions:

Vice President
1. Keep up-to-date on Chapter activities in order to substitute for President as necessary.
2. Handle special projects as assigned by President.
3. Presumed successor to President, subject to nomination to presidency by nominating committee and confirmation by vote by membership.

1. Create and distribute meeting notices to all chapter members. Email local newspapers (ex: Gambit, Advocate) to get meetings on the community event calendar.
2. After agenda items have been gathered for each, secretary will collate items and make copies of agenda for the meeting.
3. Take minutes at board and Chapter meetings, including action minutes; send to president for review; distribute to appropriate individuals and/or group.
4. Administer Chapter email account.

5.Communications liaison with National.

Social Media Chair
1. Supervise, administer, and/or edit Chapter’s Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. (The admin. and editing can be delegated to other committee members.)
2. Present reports, when needed, at meetings; encourage members to notify the chair about books, events, and activities which feature their work so that it can be posted on Chapter accounts.
3. Liaise with committee members working on other media, ex: Chapter website.

From WNBA-NOLA President Andrea Panzeca: “The time commitment is usually a few hours per week, though it can vary. During busier times, I remember getting to know members of chapters around the country, both in the boardroom and on the rooftop bar, at the national meeting in Washington DC last June. Since that time, each time Lisa Lucas announced National Book Award nominations and winners, I remember meeting her at the WNBA Award ceremony in her honor. Each week, when I tuned in to watch the USA series Dare Me, I remembered meeting Megan Abbott at the Pinckley Prize ceremony, where she was honored for Distinguished Body of Work. But even more memorable than these glitzy times, more special, are the countless laughs, fascinating conversations, and yes, even (especially) champagne bottles I’ve shared with WNBA–New Orleans members. Even our virtual board meeting was pretty fun!

The Women’s National Book Association, though over 100 years old, is timely and important. Serving on the board of the New Orleans Chapter, I’ve found the effort rewarding and enriching. I hope you’ll consider joining us.”

For more information, wnbaofnola@gmail.com

Photo Caption: WNBA National Meeting, June 2019, Washington DC.  L-R, Top row: Rachelle Yousuf (National President) Caitlin Morrow (former National Membership Chair) Natalie Obando (National VP) Laurel Stokes (NYC President). Bottom row: Andrea Panzeca (NO President)